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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Fundamental Truth About ACA

People want health insurance, but they couldn't afford it.  Now they can afford it.  So they're buying it.

Kliff hit on something essential: The people decrying the complexity of Obamacare and the website are people who have employer based health care, in which all the complicated work was done by the HR department.  For them, health care is a snap.  Why wouldn't it be?

But for the millions who live in fear of getting sick, it was worth the hassle of a glitchy website and so on to make sure that they can see a doctor and get care.

Some of this feeds into the Princeton study I referenced yesterday, but it's not only our politicians who are captured by the narrow perspective that their wealth gives them, but the chattering classes, too.

And not coincidentally, the rock star appeal of Elizabeth Warren among Democrats comes from her explicit and implicit empathy with people who don't have a 401K.

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